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GeneralRe: Really - the Epidemic of Stupid Spreads Pin
W Balboos, GHB12-Nov-20 7:33
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W Balboos, GHB12-Nov-20 9:14
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Greg Utas wrote:
only one firm could possibly afford to build out the infrastructure
Or, in the case of AT&T, insure comparability and connectivity and other such excuses - not a matter of capital investment. Also, suppose there were several such companies . . . each with its own set of phone lines and maybe not the ability to call next door. Those excuses, just perhaps, were valid at the time. You do recall that "The Telephone Company" was around for a long time (at least in USA). You need to consider what was necessary to build an interconnected infrastructure in a historical context. Hindsight is cheap. Laying the groundwork as they did is astonishing. Eventually, it was recognized, that their time had come - but even that was to break up into regional monopolies and real competition only came about later, starting with long distance.

Greg Utas wrote:
There are almost no examples of monopolies arising in a free market. Teddy Roosevelt just went after large conglomerates, none of which were actually monopolies. Pure politics.


He was, in fact, given the nick-name "The Trust Buster". If a few big companies decide not to compete and instead set pricing and availability, together, the difference between that and a true monopoly is paper-thin These were the days of the robber-barons (oil, steel, railroad, etc.).

Pure Politics? I think not!

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